On Thursday night, Nintendo revealed more details about its new Switch console, but also highlighted some cool new features in the new Joy-Con (short for joystick controllers), which Nintendo says “make new kinds of gaming possible.”
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New innovations we saw during Nintendo’s launch event on Thursday include the Joy-Con remotes’ strap, which attaches easily to the each remote, and the slide includes an extension for the remote’s R and L shoulder buttons.
The new Joy-Con remotes have Nintendo’s “HD Rumble” vibration, which the company claims will be accurate enough to replicate precise sensations, like individual ice cubes in a glass.
“HD Rumble” is reminiscent to the “Rumble Pak” gamepad accessory for the Nintendo 64 gamepad.
And even water being poured into a glass.
The right Joy-Con remote has an infra-red (IR) sensor that can recognize shapes, motions, and distance in front of it.
This motion-sensing ability is key for some games. Almost every mini-game in Nintendo Switch’s new “1-2 Switch” game turns the Joy-Con into a virtual tool, like a Ping Pong paddle, baseball bat, magic wand, air guitar, quick-draw gun, sword, or whatever else Nintendo dreams up to pit players against each other.
The Joy-Con remotes can also simply be extensions of your hands for games, like “Milk,” where you milk a virtual cow…
A new Nintendo game called “Arms” will also leverage the Joy-Con’s sensors, where gestures and slight motions control a crazy boxing match with extendable arm-weapons.
As we saw earlier last year, the Nintendo Switch’s remote acts as a single controller with the Joy-Con Grip Controller. The new game “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” actually <em>recommends</em> players use both Joy-Cons attached to the Grip controller.
You can rip the Joy-Con off the Grip and attach them to the Switch’s removable tablet to turn it into a handheld.
The mini remotes can also be used on their own detached from the Grip gamepad and the tablet, much like the Wii and Wii U’s remotes.